Justin Barcia and JGR Suzuki part ways

Justin Barcia has made an official statement this morning. Aged, 25, Barcia will leave Joe Gibbs Racing Team after a very difficult season. In 2017, Barcia missed many races in both Supercross and Motocross championships.

Barcia won so far two SX 250 East titles in 2011 and 2012. This season, the former JGR Suzuki rider finished 17th in the Supercross championship and 13th in the AMA Pro Motocross championship.

Justin Barcia has not announced his new team in the statement. He was rumoured to race in MXGP for Suzuki, but Stefan Everts, the team manager of Suzuki MXGP Team didn’t confirm the news. Meanwhile, Barcia is rumoured to be one of the names on the KTM list to replace Ryan Dungey who retired after winning his fourth Supercross world championship.

 

photo – Racer X

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



Chaz Davies triumphs at Laguna Seca

Chaz Davies won the Saturday race at Laguna Seca.

The weekend started as usual with the domination Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki. Although there were problems with Rea’s electronic control unit, the current world champion dominated the first day.

Today, Tom Sykes gave an amazing answer as he scored the Superpole in the qualifying session.  Jonathan Rea finished immediately behind team mate, while Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri completed the usual fatal four way.

The race started with Tom Sykes as leader. The 2013 world champion seemed to be able to run away from Davies and Rea, but was soon caught up and passed by both. Soon afterwards the duel between Davies and Rea made the highlight of the race.

Davies quickly took advantage of Rea’s little mistake and opened up a gap which was impossible to recover by the world champion. Davies won a hard race, with Rea second and Tom Sykes third.

Marco Melandri did a solitary race to bring home the second Ducati in the fourth place, while the top five was completed by Xavier Fores, who did a tremendous job on his privateer Ducati.

Camier, Torres, Van der Mark, Mercado and Savadori completed the top ten, while the other five places in points were held, in order, by Stefan Bradl, Roman Ramos, Rafa de Rosa, Alex de Angelis and Jake Gagne, the american rider who replaced the late Nicky Hayden at Red Bull Honda Ten Kate.

A nicely put tribute gesture for Nicky Hayden was made by Chaz Davies in the honorary lap after he won the race. The Welsh went on with a #69 flag as he dedicated the triumph to the late american rider who passed away in May after a horrific incident in which he was involved during a bike ride in Italy.

 

photo – Ducati Service Press

Martin Choy se impune în campionatul european BMU, Robert Mureșan tot mai aproape de titlu

Martin Choy s-a impus în prima etapă a weekend-ului de la Serres în cursa clasei Superbike din cadrul campionatului european BMU.

SUPERBIKE

Cursa a fost unidirecțională. Încă de la start, Martin Choy nu a avut un rival serios la victorie și s-a îndreptat înspre un triumf facil pe sinuosul circuit Serres din Grecia. Bulgarul a fost urmat de cei doi români care se duelează pentru campionat, în ordinea deja clasică, Robert Mureșan și Cătălin Cazacu.

Mureșan, component al echipei VIK Power Arad a încheiat la aproape 15 secunde în urma lui Choy, dar, datorită faptului că a încheiat peste principalul urmăritor, Cătălin Cazacu, se apropie cu pași rapizi de încă un titlu național, dar și de titlul de campion european BMU al clasei Superbike.

Sotiris Begnis și Dimitar Mitov au completat top cinciul de astăzi, în timp ce, România a mai avut doi concurenți clasați în primii zece, în persoana lui Bogdan Vrăjitorul (locul șapte) și Iuliu Mihai (locul zece).

SUPERSPORT

Nici la clasa motoarelor de 600 cmc, piloții români nu au avut mai mult succes. Cel mai bine clasat a fost românul, Ionel Pascotă, bănățeanul reușind să prindă treapta a doua a podiumului.

Învingătorul zilei a fost eroul local, Dimitris Karakostas, în timp ce, podiumul a fost completat de bulgarul Milen Georgiev. Boyan Bonchev și Alexander Georgiev au completat top cinciul de la Supersport. România a mai avut alți trei reprezentanți în top zece, Adrian Petrovici, Eduard Socaci și Dan Mainescu clasându-se pe locurile șapte, opt și nouă.

FORMULA 1000

În cursa debutanților care rulează cu motoare de 1000 cmc, Harun Akgun s-a impus în fața lui Murat Duvenci, în timp ce, Petar Bakalov a completat podiumul de premiere. Hristian Hristov și Nikola Lukic au completat primele cinci poziții.

România a avut la această categorie șase piloți, reușind prin intermediul lui Cristian Guta și Valentin Ghergina și două clasări în top ten. Celălalt român clasat în zona punctelor a fost Eduard Jelescu, cel care, prin intermediul locului 15 și-a trecut ultimul numele pe lista celor care au punctat.

Remarcabil la această clasă a fost numărul impresionant de participanți. Numai puțin de 22 de piloți și-au măsurat la această categorie.

FORMULA 600

Clasa la care echipa Wheelies i-a ținut pumnii prietenului nostru, Florin Bîrlădeanu, a fost lipsită de rezultate bune pentru piloții români. Victoria a fost adjudecată de turcul Ali Efe Yegin, el fiind urmat pe podiumul de premiere de Todor Mechenski și Mustafa Sonmez. Topul primilor cinci clasați a fost completat de Krasimir Mihaylov și de Axel Ismail.

Duelul pentru titlul național al României la această clasă a continuat și la Serres. Giorgio Versaci și Florin Bîrlădeanu erau principalii protagoniști, ecartul dintre cei doi fiind aproape insesizabil înaintea etapei din Grecia.

Astăzi, Versaci i-a mai luat câteva puncte lui Bîrlădeanu. Giorgio Versaci s-a clasat pe șase, în timp ce alți trei piloți s-au intercalat între cei doi title contenders. Florin Bîrlădeanu a sosit doar pe zece, la 14 secunde în urma marelui său rival.

SP 125 & SP 250

La clasele mici, numărul de piloți a fost mult mai mic. Din păcate, România nu a fost reprezentată la niciuna dintre aceste clase. La SP 125, Milen Georgiev s-a impus fără drept de apel în fața lui Hristian Bulzakovski. Julieta Lenkova a completat podiumul, în timp ce, pe ultimul loc a încheiat Tanya Ivanova.

La categoria SP250, Kadir Erbay s-a impus în fața Yigit Fazli Ercelik, distanța dintre cei doi fiind de doar 0.119. Spectacolul total al celor doi piloți a ținut capul de afiș. Podiumul a fost completat la o distanța foarte mare de Ares Stefan Bengic, în timp ce, Taha Cambazoglu a încheiat pe patru.

Weekend-ul competițional de la Serres va continua mâine, cu etapa a 8-a a campionatului național de motociclism viteză.

 

credit foto – Federația Română de Motociclism/ Andrei Gemeș

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.

foto – Yamaha Racing

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.

 

foto – Taglioni S./ KTM Media Library

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.

 

foto – Yamaha Racing

Max Biaggi injured in Supermoto accident

Max Biaggi suffered a heavy shunt this morning in a Supermoto race.

The former four times 250 cc world champions was racing at Circuito Saggitario in Latina this morning in a Supermoto race when he lost the control of his bike and suffered a heavy accident.

Biaggi, aged 45, was immediately hospitalised. After a brief medical examination, the doctors said that Biaggi’s condition is critical, but stable without any life threatening injuries.

Max Biaggi won four consecutives world titles in the 250 cc between 1994 and 1997, 13 races in the 500 cc/MotoGP class and two World Superbike titles in 2010 and 2012.

 

foto – Alchetron

 

Rossi declared fit to race

After the motocross incident from last week, Valentino Rossi’s presence at the Italian GP was put in jeopardy. As the press informed, he was hospitalised for two days and he went through a minor surgery.

Before the italian week, Rossi went to a clinical examination. The doctors gave him the OK to race and we will see Valentino at Mugello. As far as we know, Rossi did not attend the press conference as he was recommended not to participate in any other activities except racing.

Valentino Rossi is currently third in the championship standings, behind Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa. The italian legend managed to score 62 points in the first five rounds of the 2017 season.

 

foto – Yamaha Racing

Brad Binder se intoarce la Mugello

 

Sudafricanul Brad Binder se va intoarce in șaua motocicletei sale in acest weekend.

Campionul Moto3 a ratat ultimele 3 etape ca urmare a unei recidive a accidentarii suferite in timpul unui test din finalul anului trecut la mână. El a fost supus unei a treia operatii.

La ultima etapa in care a luat parte, cea din Argentina, Binder a incheiat pe locul 9, marcand primele si pana acum singurele sale puncte la clasa Moto2. In 2015, sudafricanul s-a impus la Mugello, in cursa clasei Moto3, completand atunci o serie de trei victorii consecutive ce l-a propulsat spre titlul mondial.

Brad Binder: „Este clar ca nu sunt 100% refacut fizic, dar cred ca sunt gata sa concurez. Mugello este un circuit pe care mi-a placut mereu sa concurez, am obtinut aici primul podium din Red Bull Rookies si victorie la Moto3 anul trecut. Este un traseu care a fost bun pentru mine intotdeauna, dar acum la revenirea mea, vreua doar sa imi testez brațul si sa vad unde ne aflam.”

credit foto – crash.net