Wheelies 2017 – Campionatul National Individual de Viteza al Romaniei – Top 10

Incepem acest articol prin a ura romanilor de pretutindeni un sincer “La multi ani!” cu ocazia Zilei Nationale a Romaniei, 1 Decembrie. Noi, membrii echipei Wheelies, ne-am gandit sa sarbatorim aceasta zi speciala prin alcatuirea unui top 10 al pilotilor romani ce au evoluat in sezonul 2017 in CNIRV. Iata care au fost, in viziunea editorului nostru, cei mai buni 10 piloti romani din 2017:

 

10. Birladeanu Florin

Desi intrat in lumea motociclismului de performanta relativ recent, Florin a impresionat in cadrul clasei Debutanti 600, unde s-a batut pentru titlul de campion national pana in ultima etapa. Din pacate, o accidentare l-a impiedicat sa ia startul in ultimele 2 curse de pe circuitul Serres, astfel ca a trebuit sa se multumeasca cu titlul de vicecampion national.

 

9. Mainescu Dan

Locul 9 in clasamentul nostru ii revine lui Mainescu Dan, pilot ce a obtinut titlul de vicecampion national al clasei Supersport. Mult inferior campionului Ionel Pascota, Mainescu a dat dovada de o constanta de invidiat si, strangand puncte cursa de cursa si profitand de unele absente si abandonuri ale celorlalti rivali, a reusit sa incheie sezonul in postura de vicecampion national.

 

8. Petrovici Liviu Adrian

Dupa ce a ratat 3 din primele 4 curse ale sezonului, pilotul clubului Constanta Moto Racing a revenit spectaculos, obtinand numeroase clasari pe locul 2 in cadrul campionatului national, clasa Supersport. Rezultatele bune i-au asigurat locul 3 la general, doar 5 puncte despartindu-l de titlul neoficial de vicecampion al lui Mainescu Dan.

Faptul ca Petrovici a terminat deasupra lui Mainescu in toate cursele in care ambii piloti au luat startul ne-a determinat sa ii oferim pilotului de la malul Marii Negre o pozitie superioara in topul nostru.

 

7. Versaci Giorgio

Urmatorul in clasamentul nostru este veteranul Giorgio Versaci. Lupta sa cu Florin Birladeanu pentru titlul clasei Debutanti 600 a fost unul din punctele fierbinti ale campionatului nostru pe toata durata anului. Experienta sa si-a spus cuvantul in a doua jumatate a anului, atunci cand a reusit, cursa de cursa, sa termine in fata rivalului sau.

La finalul sezonului, pe langa titlul de Campion National al Romaniei la clasa Debutanti 600, obtinut la 16 puncte distanta de Birladeanu, Versaci a mai avut de sarbatorit si implinirea impresionantei varste de 60 de ani!

 

6. Hosciuc Jacopo Adrian

Una din tinerele sperante ale tarii noastre o reprezinta tanarul Hosciuc Adrian. In varsta de doar 12 ani, pilotul clubului MRM Bucuresti a castigat toate cele 4 curse din cadrul clasei 85cc a Campionatului National al Romaniei, obtinand la pas titlul de campion.

Pe langa participarea in campionatul nostru, Hosciuc a luat parte si in mult mai popularul campionat italian (CIV), la clasa MiniGP, unde a fost o prezenta constanta in zona punctelor. Astfel, este foarte posibil si speram sa mai auzim acest nume in viitor.

 

5. Vrajitoru Bogdan

Primul pilot al clasei regine ce apare in topul nostru este Bogdan Vrajitoru. Pilot cu experiente precedente in clasele suport ale Campionatului Mondial de Superbike, Vrajitoru a urcat in numeroase randuri pe podiumul national al clasei Superbike si a obtinut, dupa o lupta intensa cu Mihai Iuliu, locul 3 in clasamenul general la finalul anului.

 

4. Guta Cristian

Clasa Debutanti 1000 a fost una fara istoric in 2017, aceasta fiind dominata de la un capat la altul de Cristian Guta. Pilotul de la Century Team Voluntari a terminat primul intre pilotii romani in majoritatea curselor, obtinand titlul de campion national la peste 50 de puncte in fata urmatorului clasat, in ciuda faptului ca nu a luat parte la primele 2 curse ale anului. Impresionant, putem spune.

 

3. Cazacu Catalin

Singurul pilot care i-a putut cauza, pe alocuri, emotii lui Robert Muresan in ceea ce privea titlul national al clasei Superbike a fost Catalin Cazacu, de la SCM Timisoara.

Banateanul a stat in apropierea lui Muresan pe toata durata sezonului, terminand fiecare cursa la una sau maxim doua pozitii in spatele eventualului campion. Neputincios in ceea ce il priveste pe Robi Muresan, Cazacu poate primi usor distinctia de “Best of the rest”, fiindu-i mult superior lui Bogdan Vrajitoru si obtinand titlul de vicecampion national.

 

2. Pascota Ionel

Timisoreanul Ionel Pascota a dominat clasa Supersport intr-o maniera chiar mai impresionanta decat cea a lui Cristian Guta la Debutanti 1000. La bordul unei Yamaha, Pascota s-a incoronat campion national la fix 100 de puncte peste Dan Mainescu.

De asemenea, Ionel Pascota a jucat un rol foarte important in batalia pentru titlul clasei Supersport in Campionatul Est-European BMU, competitie pe care a terminat-o in postura de vicecampion, obtinand 3 victorii de-a lungul sezonului si pierzand titlul pentru doar 3 puncte in favoarea bulgarului Alexander Georgiev.

 

1. Muresan Robert

Performer-ul sezonului in motociclismul romanesc ramane, fara indoiala, aradeanul Robert Muresan, fost pilot in Campionatul Mondial de Motociclism viteza la clasa 125cc.

Concurand la clasa Superbike a Campionatului National al Romaniei cat si a Campionatului Est-European BMU la bordul unui BMW, Muresan si-a asigurat titlul de campion in ambele competitii.

Daca in campionatul national rivalii sai nu au reusit sa ii dea prea mari batai de cap, campionatul est-european a reprezentat o cu totul alta poveste, Muresan avand parte de concurenta serioasa din partea bulgarilor Martin Choy si Dimitar Mitov.

Unicul pilot al tarii noastre cu experienta in MotoGP a stiut insa sa abordeze situatia si, dupa o a cincea victorie a sezonului, obtinuta la Serres, in Grecia, a cucerit matematic titlul.

 

Echipa Wheelies transmite inca o data felicitari tuturor romanilor ce au luat parte in Campionatul National in anul 2017, le doreste mult succes in sezoanele ce urmeaza si spera sa ii vada tinand steagul sus pentru Romania si pe plan international. La multi ani, romani! LA MULTI ANI, ROMANIA!

 

credit poze – Federatia Romana de Motociclism/ Andrei Gemes

 

Wheelies 2017 – Moto3 Top 10 – Part 2

Yesterday we presented you the first part of the Moto3 Top 10 in the vision of our team. Now it is time to bring on the second part, where we will reveal the 1-5 positions.

5. Marcos Ramirez (#42)

Spanish rider Marcos Ramirez was definitely one of the most impressive riders throughout the 2017 Moto3 season as he managed to get involved in the podium fights more than often with a team that had been struggling outside the top 15 in the previous seasons.

Having collected 10 points in the first three races, Ramirez did a great qualifying session on home turf in Jerez, establishing the 5th fastest time. The 19-years old Spaniard mantained the same high pace on race day and stayed in the front group throughout the whole race, also grabbing the lead at some point. He crossed the line in 4th, missing out on the podium for only 0.203, but establishing a new career best. Ramirez kept up the good job two weeks later in France, where he once again finished 4th, this time only 0.104 off the podium.

After another spectacular three GPs for Ramirez in Italy (9th), Catalunya (6th) and Assen (6th), the much awaited day of the maiden podium came in Germany. The Platinum Bay Real Estate rider managed to stay close to title rivals Joan Mir and Romano Fenati and the trio pulled away from the other competitors. Ramirez settled quietly in 3rd, leaving Mir and Fenati to fight it out for the win, securing his first ever podium finish. Perfect way to end the first half of the season.

The second part was much tougher for Ramirez, as his best result since Brno before the season finale was a 7th place finish in Aragon. Two wet races in Misano and Motegi and a crash in Australia affected his good run of results. However, Ramirez knew how to strike back on home turf in Valencia and scored his second podium finish, holding off Romano Fenati to cross the line in 3rd. He finished the season 8th overall, with 123 points.

 

4. Aron Canet (#44)

Having caught some attention in his debut season, when he gathered one podium finish, one pole position and some top 10 finishes, Aron Canet evolved in 2017 to the state of championship contender.

The qualifying session of the Americas GP was Canet`s first outburst, as the young Spaniard took pole position for more than one second ahead of the 2nd place on the grid. He kept up the good rhytm on race day, establishing the fastest lap, but ended with a “heartbreak” as he crashed out while battling Romano Fenati for the win.

Canet did not let this result affect his morale and came back even stronger on home turf. He won the race in Jerez after some extraordinary last lap maneuvers against Romano Fenati and Joan Mir. The Spaniard carried on the podium form in Le Mans, where he finished 2nd, behind Mir. Two strong performances followed in Mugello and Catalunya, where Canet crossed the finish line in 5th place on both occasions. Another magnificent last lap strategy brought Canet his second win of the season in Assen, where he defeated Romano Fenati for only 0.035.

Canet could have entered the summer break as Mir`s main rival, but another crash in Germany, similar to the one in Austin (as he again started from pole) gave Fenati the opportunity to take the 2nd place in the championship from him. In the second half of the championship, Canet continued battling at the front. He kicked it off with a 3rd place finish in Brno, followed by a 5th place in Austria and a third stunning win in Silverstone. He did not climb the podium ever since that race, but two additional 5th place finishes in Misano and Aragon and a 9th place in Valencia secured him the bronze medal at the end of the year.

Next year, Canet will remain alongside Estrella Galicia 0,0 in the lightweight class and, with Mir and Fenati promoted to Moto2, we can expect the Spaniard to be a serious title contender.

 

3. Jorge Martin (#88)

Another impressive Spaniard in 2017 was Del Conca Gresini`s Jorge Martin. The Madrid-born 19-years old rider kicked-off the season with a pole position in Qatar converted in a 3rd place finish in the race. Same race result was repeated in Argentina. The Austin round held at the Circuit of the Americas brought a new season best for Martin, who crossed the line in 2nd after an intense duel with his teammate, Fabio Digiannantonio. This result lifted him to the 2nd place in the championship, only 6 points behind leader Joan Mir.

A sensational run of 5 straight pole positions followed for Martin, but, unfortunately, he was not able to take advantage of them. Inappropriate strategies in the dying moments of the races threw him to 9th in Jerez and 15th in Mugello. Between this 2 GPs, he crashed out of the French GP at Le Mans, gathering no points. Two strong performances followed in Catalunya and Assen, where Martin finished 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Disaster struck for Jorge Martin in the Free Practice session of the German GP, as he suffered a heavy highside which caused him a broken ankle and tibia. He tried to come back after the summer break in Brno, but, after Friday, he announced his retirement from the reminder of the GP as his pain was too intense.

One week later in Austria Martin returned and offered us a moment we will never forget. In spite of using crutches to walk, on the bike he was simply magnificent and won the battle for the 3rd place. A 3rd place that for sure felt like a victory, as Martin could be seen crying in the parc ferme and at the podium ceremony.

The Spaniard impressed again two weeks later at Silverstone, where he fought for the win throughout the whole race. He was the leader when the red flag appeared and, unfortunately for him, he was only 3rd at the end of the last completed lap. So, once again, his effort was not enough for a maiden career win. Martin came back to the pole position ways in Aragon and Australia, converting them into a 4th and another 3rd place, respectively.

Martin once again equaled his career best in Malaysia, where he was the best of the rest behind a dominant Joan Mir. The season finale at Valencia started good for Martin as he clinched on Saturday his 9th pole of the season, an absolute record in the Moto3 class. This time, there was nothing that could stop Martin on race day. No rain, no red flag, no Joan Mir. He led from start to finish, securing his 9th podium finish of the season and the first ever win. He finished the season 4th overall, only 3 points behind Aron Canet.

Next year Martin will stay alongside Gresini Racing in the lightweight class and we can expect him to be Canet`s main rival in the title fight.

 

2. Romano Fenati (#5)

After 5 years in the category during which factors like his inconsistency and impulsivity did not allow him to be a serious contender for the World Championship, Romano Fenati finally found an antidote for these problems in 2017 alongside Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team.

Having last won a GP at COTA in 2016, Fenati struck again at the venue and won for more than 4 seconds ahead of Jorge Martin. He carried on the good form in Jerez, where he crossed the line in 2nd.

Fenati`s first and only DNF of the season came in Le Mans, where he crashed out of the race while in the lead, throwing away 25 vital points in the championship.

After a disappointing home race in Mugello, where he finished only 13th, Fenati knew how to come back in style and scored 4 consecutive podium finishes in Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring and Brno. On each occasion, he crossed the line in 2nd place.

From that point, Fenati managed to show his class only in wet conditions. He dominated on a soaked Misano Circuit, taking the win for more than 28 seconds ahead of Joan Mir. Same scenario happened in Japan, where Fenati once again mastered the wet conditions and scored his 3rd win of the season. Solid prestations followed in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, where he finished 6th, 7th and 4th, respectively. He finished the season as a runner-up, 93 points behind one-man-show Joan Mir.

Taking into consideration the fact that Fenati had not raced for a period of 6 months before the season opener in Qatar due to his dismissal from Valentino Rossi`s team in mid 2016, we can affirm that the Italian veteran had a great 2017 season. Next year we will finally see him stepping up to the intermmediate class.

 

1. Joan Mir (#36)

For sure there is no suprise that the first position of our top 10 goes to Joan Mir, who can be easily described in one word at the end of this season – UNSTOPPABLE.

Having clinched the “Rookie of the Year” title in 2016, Joan Mir started the season in the best way possible, winning in both Qatar and Argentina. This allowed him to slow down a little bit in Austin, where he finished 8th.

Mir came back to podium ways on home turf in Jerez, where he finished 3rd after a magnificent battle with Aron Canet, Romano Fenati and Marcos Ramirez. Two weeks later in France, he took advantage of Fenati`s crash and scored another win, increasing his lead in the championship considerably.

Total madness in the last laps of the Italian and Dutch GPs saw Mir falling down into 7th and 9th, respectively, but there was no reason to dispair as the Spaniard born in Mallorca had won the Catalan GP, which took place between the other 2 races.

Mir struck again before the summer break when he pipped Fenati on the very last lap in Sachsenring, increasing his lead to 37 points. He started the second half of the year in the same manner as the first, with two resounding and dominant wins in Brno and Austria.

With a difference of already 64 points after Austria, Mir did not slow down and won again in Aragon, after a 2nd place in Misano and a 5th place in Silverstone. The only race without points occured in Japan, where Mir could not handle the wet conditions and crossed the line in 17th.

However, that motivated Mir even more as he went on to win the following race at Phillip Island and mathematically clinch the title. One week later he won again, this time in Malaysia, reaching a milestone of 10 wins in a single season.

In the season finale at Valencia, Mir ran wide in the opening laps and fall outside the points zone. Nonetheless, Mir once again showed his class and climbed all the way up to P2, finishing the season with 10 wins, 13 podium finishes, 1 pole position and 341 points (a new points record for the lightweight class).

Last rider to score 10 wins in a single season in the lightweight class was a certain Marc Marquez. Next year we will see Joan Mir racing in the Moto2 class alongside powerhouse team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, so we can expect even greater things from the young Spaniard.

 

photo credit – motogp.com

Wheelies 2017 – Moto3 Top 10 – Part 1

As we all know, the 2017 MotoGP World Championship has reached its conclusion on the 12th of November, in Valencia. We have decided to make a Top 10 of the riders in each class, taking into consideration factors like performances, team, age, constructor, previous motorcycling experience, injuries and so on. Here is our take on the Moto3 class: 

 

10. Tatsuki Suzuki (#24)

Having debuted in the category in 2015 with the CIP team and racing for them also in 2016, the young Japanese rider caught the attention of Paolo Simoncelli, the father of the late 2008 250cc World Champion Marco Simoncelli, who entered the competition this year with his own team, SIC58 Squadra Corse. Suzuki was chosen as one of the 2 riders of the team and he did not fail to repay the confidence which was put in him.

The Japanese managed to finish inside the top 10 in 4 of the first 9 races, with a best result of 8th in both Argentina and Assen. However, he was also followed by some bad luck as he scored 4 DNFs in a row (Austin-Jerez-Le Mans-Mugello). The second half of the year was better in this aspect as Suzuki finished in the points zone in 6 out of 9 races. He had his moment of glory on home turf in Motegi, where he cruised to a superb 4th place on the soaked track. He finished the championship 14th overall, having gathered a total of 71 points. Nothing really amazing for the Asian, but considering his lack of experience on a Honda and the fact that his team was at their maiden season in the World Championship, he did good, exceeding the expactations.

 

9. Gabriel Rodrigo (#19)

The rider followed by the biggest amount of bad luck throughout the 2017 season of the ligtweight class was definitely Gabriel Rodrigo.

The Spanish-born Argentine rider raced for the RBA BOE Racing Team, the team with whom he raced from 2014. He started the year by showing great pace in the Free Practice sessions of the Qatar GP, but he was forced to miss the race after suffering a collarbone fracture due to a crash sustained in the Qualifying session. He did his best in order to get back on track for his home GP in Argentina and he managed to do so, but, unfortunately, crashed out of it.

Having gathered few points in Austin and Jerez, Rodrigo suffered another injury which forced him to sit out both the French and Italian GPs. His comeback in Catalunya was once again unfortunate as he crashed while battling for a position in the top 5. Rodrigo finally managed to complete a weekend successfully in Assen where, having started 12th, crossed the line in 7th, at about half a second behind the race winner. Good things seemed to be finally coming Rodrigo`s way.

Unfortunately for the young Argentine rider, that was not the case. He opened the second half of the season with an amazing pole position in Brno, but he crashed in the very last lap while running inside the top 10. Rodrigo did not let this affect his morale and he struck back with another fabulous pole position one week later in Austria. This time he kept himself on the bike and ran in the front group from start to finish, eventually crossing the line in 7th, only 0.427 away from a spot on the podium. Rodrigo stayed in good form for the following GP at Silverstone, where he scored a new career best – 4th place. Only a red flag prevented him from his first ever podium finish, as he was running in 2nd when the race was stopped. However, at the end of the last completed lap, Rodrigo was only 4th.

The old “curse” started pursuing Rodrigo again in the next 3 GPs. He showed good pace on Fridays and Saturdays in Misano, Aragon and Motegi, but he ended up crashing out of all these 3 races. Good for him, he bounced back in Australia, where he equaled his personal best of 4th and also set the fastest lap of the race.

After all these enormous variations in results, Rodrigo ended the season in 16th place, with 54 points. It is obvious that he still has to improve his stability on the bike and his mentality in key moments, but his speed and his determination to come back stronger after every injury and after every heartbreaking failure determined us to give him a place in our Top 10.

 

8. Juanfran Guevara (#58)

One place higher than Gabri Rodrigo it`s his teammate, Spanish rider Juanfran Guevara. After 4 years spent in the class during which he was not able to really challange the front positions, Guevara managed to find his rhytm in 2017 alongside the RBA BOE Racing Team and was a podium contender in many races.

His first shot at a podium spot came in Le Mans, where he crossed the line in 6th, only 0.6 behind the 2nd place. Nonetheless, he scored his maiden podium finish in the very next GP, by crossing the line in 3rd place on the Mugello Circuit.

Except for the Catalan GP, Guevara scored points in every race until Silverstone, including an impressive 5th place finish in Brno. Then, at the British GP, the Spaniard stayed in the front group for a big part of the race but, unfortunately, suffered a heavy crash which left him unconscious near the asphalt. In spite of the fact that he did not suffer any serious injury, the crash seriously affected his form as he managed to gather only 5 points throughout the following 5 races. However, he managed to came back in style in the season finale at Valencia, where he brought some joy to the crowd by crossing the line in 6th.

 

7. John McPhee (#17)

One of the most beautiful surprises of the Moto3 season was Scottish rider John McPhee, who had his best season in the lightweight class since the start of his career.

After a disastrous 2016 season alongside the Peugeot Saxoprint Team, in which he finished 22nd overall, McPhee signed for the brand new British Talent Team, a team run by Dorna as part of the Road to MotoGP program.

McPhee had a brilliant start of the year and finished 2nd in both of the first two races in Qatar and Argentina. He could not mantain this amazing pace in every race, but he still played an important role in the battles inside or just outside the top 10. He scored a 3rd podium finish in Assen, by crossing the line in 3rd. In the second half of the season he was pretty inconstant as he failed to finish 3 races. However, he managed to compensate with 3 top 6 finishes in Brno (6th), Aragon (6th) and Sepang (5th), thus securing the 7th place overall at the end of the championship.

 

6. Fabio Diggianantonio (#21)

Having impressed in his debut season in 2016 by scoring 3 podium finishes and ending the season 6th overall, Fabio Digiannantonio remained alongside Gresini Racing for the 2017 season. The young Italian kicked off the season by setting the fastest lap of the Qatar GP, a race finished in 8th place.

After an unfortunate DNF in Argentina, “Diggia” struck back in Austin and climbed the last step of the podium after an intense battle with teammate Jorge Martin, who finished 2nd. The Italian prodigy mantained his great rhytm and finished inside the top 7 in all of the following 4 GPs, including a 3rd place in Le Mans and a 2nd place on home turf in Mugello.

A rough period followed for the Del Conca Gresini rider as he gathered only 5 points in the following 3 GPs. Nonetheless, Digiannantonio managed to get back to his full potential in the following 5 races, which he managed to finish inside the top 10, also scoring another 2 podium finishes in Misano (3rd) and Aragon (2nd). Two DNFs in Australia and Valencia caused Digiannantonio to lose 4th place in the standings in the favour of his teammate, Jorge Martin. However, the Italian`s season remains a very successful one and we can expect him to be a serious title contender in 2018.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the second part of our Top 10, when we will reveal the first 5 positions!

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Loris Baz returns to WorldSBK alongside Althea BMW

It has been announced that Loris Baz will take part in the 2018 Superbike World Championship alongside Althea BMW Racing Team. This will mark his return in the World SBK after a three year break, period during which the Frenchman competed in MotoGP. 

Loris Baz made his debut in the WorldSBK back in 2008, in the European Superstock 600 class, winning the championship at the very first attempt.

He debuted in the premier class in 2012. Only 19 years old at that time, he impressed by winning the first race of the British round held at Silverstone.

Having demonstrated his talent right from his debut in the Superbike class, Baz did not disappoint in the following year, 2013, as he was a constant presence in the top 7, also adding a second career win, again on the Silverstone Circuit. Unfortunately, he missed the last 10 races of the season and finished 8th.

2014 was even better for the Frenchman, as he scored 9 podium finishes throughout the season and ended 5th overall.

His performances did not go unnoticed in the MotoGP paddock and Baz was offered a chance to perform on the World s biggest stage in 2015 alongside Forward Racing. He did well for a rookie, finishing the season as the 2nd best rookie (behind Maverick Vinales), with a best result of 4th.

2016 brought a change for Loris Baz as he moved to Avintia Racing, where he rode a Ducati Desmosedici GP14. He managed to race in only 14 races, missing the other 4 due to injuries. However, he mantained his reputation as a wet weather specialist as he finished 4th in Brno and 5th in Malaysia.

He remained with Avintia Racing in 2017 and rode a Ducati Desmosedici GP15. His teammate, Hector Barbera, was offered the GP16 model. However, Baz managed to end the championship ahead of Barbera (Baz finished 18th overall, while Barbera was 20th), but the team considered his results unsatisfying. As a result, he was not offered a contract for the 2018 season.

With the MotoGP grid completed, Baz started looking for a spot on the WorldSBK grid and he has now found it. The Althea BMW Racing Team has lined up on the SBK grid in 2017 with Jordi Torres and Raffaele de Rosa. Torres was a constant point scorer and finished the season 9th overall, having gathered 158 points.

photo credit – asphaltandrubber.com

Oliveira wins in Valencia and completes a wonderful hattrick 

Miguel Oliveira got his 3rd consecutive win in the intermmediate class after a great performance on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Already World Champion, Franco Morbidelli followed the Portuguese, while Brad Binder, Oliveira’s teammate, completed the podium.

The Marc VDS duo remained in control  of the race after the start, with Marquez ahead of Morbidelli. Soon, Morbidelli went past his teammate and tried to pull a gap between him and his followers.

Mattia Pasini showed good pace and had a nice battle with Alex Marquez for the 2nd place, but, unfortunately, the Italian veteran crashed. 

The 3rd place was thus given to Miguel Oliveira, who was started to melt the difference between him and Marquez. 

Morbidelli kept inscreasing his lead at the front until his teammate was overtaken by Oliveira. Having got into 2nd, the Portuguese pushed hard to catch up with the World Champion. 

With 5 laps to go, Oliveira’s mission was accomplished and he took control of the race. There was nothing Morbidelli could do from then on as the KTM rider was simply faster.

Same can be said about the 3rd place battle, where Brad Binder managed to catch and eventually get past Alex Marquez. The Spaniard was also overtaken by Francesco Bagnaia later on. 

Miguel Oliveira crossed the line in 1st place, scoring his 3rd consecutive win. This was his 9th podium finish in 2017, so he ends the season with a 50% podium rate. Pretty impressive, we may say. Morbidelli and Binder completed the podium, with Bagnaia in P4 and Alex Marquez in P5. Hafizh Syahrin impressed in dry conditions and crossed the line in 6th, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, who says goodbye to the intermmediate class with a top 10 finish. Fabio Quartararo, Simone Corsi and Dominique Aegerter rounded up the top 10.

Morbidelli finishes the season as World Champion with 308 points, with Tom Luthi as the runner up, with 243 points. Miguel Oliveira takes the bronze medal, with 241 points, 40 more than Alex Marquez.

Francesco Bagnaia finishes 5th overall, also as the ‘Rookie of the Year’, with 174 points. Mattia Pasini and Takaaki Nakagami follow in 6th and 7th, with 148 and 136 points, respectively. Brad Binder manages to climb up to 8th after this great last part of the year, with 125 points.

photo credit – MCN

Jorge Martin stamps his authority on the Ricardo Torino Circuit and takes maiden career win

Jorge Martin dominated the Moto3 race of the Valencia GP after starting from pole position and took his first ever win in the World Championship. Joan Mir made a great come back race and finished 2nd after dropping to 19th in the early stages of the race, while Marcos Ramirez crossed the line in 3rd to make it a 100% Spanish Podium.
The front row riders had a good start and conserved the first 3 positions after Turn 1, with Martin ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Mir. 

The trio resisted at the front for the first laps, but Gabriel Rodrigo made a mistake and crashed out of the race. Also, his fall forced Joan Mir to go wide. The championship leader came back on the track only in 19th. 

Jorge Martin started flying towards his first ever win, while the battle for 2nd fired up 2 seconds behind him. 

Bastianini, Ramirez, Foggia and Fenati swapped the 2nd place between them, before Mir made the junction with the group with 5 laps to go. 

The championship leader managed to go up in 2nd and defended it perfectly in the last lap. 

Jorge Martin crossed the line while pulling an enormous Wheelie, a great way to celebrate his 50th GP and a first ever win. 

Joan Mir remained 2nd, while Marcos Ramirez was another great defender as he prevented Fenati from taking his podium spot. Fenati finished his last Moto3 race in 4th after a difficult weekend, with compatriot Enea Bastianini locking out the top 5.

Juanfran Guevara saved the day for RBA BOE Racing after Rodrigo’s early exit, as the Spaniard finished 6th, just ahead of impressive wildcard Dennis Foggia.

John McPhee ended the season with a solid prestation, crossing the line in P8. Aron Canet finished 9th and successfully defended the 3rd place in the championship. Another impressive wildcard was Kazuki Masaki, who rounded up the top 10.

Ayumu Sasaki finished 13th and clinched the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title.

A scary moment during the race was offered by Fabio DiGiannantonio. The Italian tried to overtake Marcos Ramirez on the straight line, but his front wheel made contact with Ramirez’s back wheel during the attempt. As a result, Diggia was thrown off his bike and his body slided towards the end of the line. Fortunately, all the riders managed to avoid the young Italian and he escaped unharmed.

The championship standings is now closed, with Joan Mir in 1st place with 341 points. Romano Fenati finishes his 6-year Moto3 aventure in the runner-up spot, with 248 points. Aron Canet takes the bronze medal, with 199 points, only 3 more than today’s winner, Jorge Martin, who finishes in 4th with 196 points. In spite of the crash, Fabio DiGiannantonio finishes 5th overall, with 153 points. Enea Bastianini and John McPhee remained 6th and 7th, with 141 and 131 points, respectively. Marcos Ramirez goes past Migno and finishes 8th, with 123 points, 5 more than the Italian. The top 10 is locked out by Phillip Oettl, who gathered 105 points in the 18 GPs.

Joan Mir failed to match Valentino Rossi’s record of 11 wins in a single season in the lightweight class, but he managed to establish another record: He ended the season with 341 points, setting a new record for the most points gathered in the lightweight class in a single season. Alvaro Bautista was the previous holder of the record (338 points in the 2006 125cc season).

photo credit – Roadracing World 

Mahias wins World SSP Superpole as title rival Sofuoglu heads the second row

Superpole 1 

PJ Jacobsen and Sheridan Morais dominated the first session of the World Supersport Superpole on the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The duo finished more than half a second ahead of the rest of the pack, securing their place for Superpole 2. P13-P26 on the grid will be filled, in the following order, by G. Rea, C. Bergman, L. Zanetti, A. Baldolini, K. Watanabe, S. Al Sulaiti, Z. Khairuddin, S. Hill, H. Okubo, M. Al Naimi, X. Cardelus, L. Epis, G. Scarcella and N. Calero.

Superpole 2

Having dominated the practice sessions on Thursday, Lucas Mahias stamped his authority on the Losail Circuit once again in the battle for pole position. The championship leader won the session, establishing a time 0.546 faster than the one managed by compatriot Jules Cluzel, who would start from 2nd. Joining them on the front row it will be Kallio Racing rider Niki Tuuli, the winner of the French round held on the Magny Cours circuit last month.

Kenan Sofuoglu impressed once again as the injured Turkish rider took P4 – thus keeping his slight chance at causing Mahias some problems in the championship. Alongside the reigning champion on the second row there will be Jacobsen and Morais, the riders that managed to progress from Superpole 1.

Federico Caricasulo, winner last timeout in Jerez, will open the 3rd row, with Luke Stapleford and Kyle Smith next to him in P8 and P9.

M. Canducci, C. Gamarino and Anthony West will form the 4th row on the grid.

The Supersport race will kick-off on Saturday evening, at 19:30 local time.

photo credit – worldsbk.com

 

CNIRV Etapele 9 si 10 – Serres

Sezonul 2017 al Campionatului National Individual al Romaniei la Viteza a ajuns la bun sfarsit la finele week-end-ului trecut. Cursele desfasurate sambata si duminica pe circuitul Serres din Grecia au dezvalut campionii nationali ai Romaniei si campionii europeni BMU. 

In ziua de sambata, cursele au fost marcate de aparitia ploii, in timp ce duminica vremea s-a imbunatatit.

SUPERBIKE

La clasa Superbike, emotiile privind castigatorul celor 2 campionate au fost risipite inca de sambata. Robert Muresan s-a impus fara emotii intr-o cursa in care au luat steagul in patratele doar 7 piloti, obtinand matematic atat titlul national, cat si pe cel european BMU. Catalin Cazacu a terminat pe locul 3, in spatele bulgarului Angel Karanyotov, asigurandu-si distinctia de vicecampion national. Dimitar Mitov si Martin Choy au sosit pe 4, respectiv 7, amânând astfel lupta pentru locurile 2-4 in campionatul european BMU pentru duminica.

Duminica, Martin Choy si-a demonstrat suprematia pe uscat si l-a invins pe conationalul Karanyotov, care a inregistrat un nou loc 2. Fara presiune ramasa pe umeri, Robert Muresan a completat podiumul, cu Dimitar Mitov pe 4 si Catalin Cazacu pe 5. Prin victoria obtinuta, Choy a devenit vicecampion european BMU, cu Dimitar Mitov pe locul 3 si Catalin Cazacu pe 4.

 

SUPERSPORT

Ionel Pascota s-a impus fara emotii sambata la clasa Supersport, cu rivalul bulgar Alexander Giorgiev pe locul 2. Prin victoria obtinuta, Pascota a devenit campion national al categoriei si a impins lupta pentru titlul european BMU in ziua de duminica. Diferenta pe care o mai avea de recuperat fata de Georgiev ramasese de 12 puncte.

Românul a reusit sa isi dubleze duminica victoria de sambata, facand ceea ce tinea de el pentru a cuceri si titlul european BMU. Din pacate, Georgiev a luat finish-ul pe locul 3, pierzând astfel doar 9 puncte față de Pascota si devenind Campion European BMU pentru doar 3 puncte. Al treilea la general a incheiat Plamen Petrov, care a obtinut clasari pe locurile 7, respectiv 4, in cele 2 curse.

 

FORMULA1000

Românul Iulian Trifan a sosit al doilea in cursa de sambata a clasei Formula1000, in spatele lui Igor Spirov. Valentin Gherghina a incheiat pe 4, urmat de Cristian Guță, care si-a adjudecat asftel titlul national al categoriei.

Slobodan Ivcevski a terminat cursa de duminica pe locul 6, care, coroborat cu locul 10 obtinut cu o zi in urma, i-au adus titlul european BMU la aceasta clasa. Igor Spirov a terminat in postura de vicecampion, cu Petar Dianov pe 3 si Cristian Guță, proaspatul campion national, pe 4.

 

FORMULA600

In cadrul clasei Formula600 emotiile au fost risipite inca dinaintea startului week-end-ului in ceea ce priveste titlul national. Giorgio Versaci si Florin Bîrladeanu erau separati de 8 puncte, insa cel din urma a ratat week-end-ul grecesc din cauza unei accidentari.

Ali Efe Yegin si Krasimir Mihaylov erau la egalitate in fruntea campionatului european BMU inaintea celor doua curse de la Serres, ambii cu cate 191 de puncte. Turcul Yegin a tranșat aceasta lupta in favoarea sa, obtinand victoria in ambele curse. Rivalul Mihaylov a incheiat pe locul 3 ambele intreceri, astfel devenind vicecampion al competitiei.

Giorgio Versaci a terminat întrecerile pe locurile 8, respectiv 6. Aceste rezultate i-au asigurat locul 4 in clasamentul european BMU si, dupa cum am precizat mai devreme, titlul national al Romaniei. Florin Bîrladeanu, ca urmare a absentei, a terminat sezonul ca vicecampion national si cu locul 6 in clasamentul general al campionatului european BMU.

 

SP125

Clasa mezina nu a mai reprezentat importanță in privinta titlului national, deoarece acesta fusese adjudecat de Răzvan Mateș. Sportivii romani nu au fost nici macar prezenti pe grila de start la niciuna dintre intreceri.

Batalia pentru titlul european BMU a fost una apriga, 3 piloti venind la Serres cu sanse de a-l adjudeca.

Desi lider la general inainte de cele 2 curse, Julieta Lenkova nu a reusit sa reziste in fruntea clasamentului. Sambata a trecut linia de sosire pe locul 5, iar duminica nu a luat startul.

De acest lucru au profitat Milen Georgiev si Hristian Buzalkovski, care au obtinut fiecare cate o victorie si un loc 2. Milen Georgiev a devenit Campion European BMU. Buzalkovski a devenit vicecampion, cu Lenkova ajungând din lider pana pe 3.

 

credit foto – Federatia Romana de Motociclism / Andrei Gemeș

 

John McPhee to race with CIP in Moto3 in 2018

John McPhee will line up on the 2018 Moto3 grid with the CIP team, making the move from the British Talent Team. He will ride a KTM and will share the garage with Kazakh rookie Makar Yurchenko.

The Brit rider has had a great start of the 2017 season, finishing 2nd in both Qatar and Argentina. He was also on the rostrum in Assen, where he crossed the line in 3rd. With some other top 6 finishes and also a lot of DNFs, McPhee sits 7th in the Moto3 standings ahead of the last round in Valencia, only 7 points behind 6th-placed Enea Bastianini and only 5 points ahead of 8th-placed Andrea Migno.

In spite of the fact that 2017 has definitely been his best season so far, McPhee s maiden career win was scored in 2016, in a rain-soaked CzechGP at Brno.

The CIP team has lined up in 2017 with Marco Bezzecchi and Manuel Pagliani as their riders. Bezzecchi scored a superb 3rd place finish at the Japanese GP in wet conditions and sits 23rd in the championship, having gathered a total of 20 points. Pagliani sits 6 places below, with 8 points.

photo credit – GiveMeSport

Kenan Sofuoglu to race in WorldSSP final race

Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu, a 5-time World Champion in the Supersport class of the Superbike World Championship, has confirmed that he will take part at the last race of the year, which will take place this week-end in Qatar under the lights of the stunning Losail International Circuit.

On the 30th of September, Sofuoglu broke his pelvis and hip bones after a huge crash during the Superpole session of the French round. As a result, he missed both French and Spanish rounds. This allowed Lucas Mahias to take the championship lead from him.

By returning in Qatar, Sofuoglu keeps alive his chances to clinch his 6th title. Lucas Mahias arrives at the last round of the year with a 20-point advantage over the Kawasaki rider, with 25 up for grabs.

Kenan Sofuoglu will be crowned the 2017 Supersport World Champion if he wins the race and Mahias fails to finish in the top 10, or if he finishes 2nd and Mahias fails to score points.

Kenan Sofuoglu has clinched his previous 5 World Supersport titles in the 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 seasons. He is the most successful rider to have competed in the category.

photo credit – Moto Journal